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Army extends Operation Sahel Sanity to December, vows continued ruthlessness with criminal elements.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has bowed that the Nigerian Army will continue to deal ruthlessly with bandits, kidnappers, cattle rustlers and other criminals in the north west and other parts of the country.

The COAS made the vow on Saturday
while briefing journalists after inspecting the operational base of the Operation Sahel Sanity at Nigerian Army Super Camp IV in Faskari.

The COAS said the Nigerian Army will continue to deal mercilessly with criminals till when they are totally deleted from the north west and Nigeria.

He said, “Be rest assured the troops are determined to deal decisively with criminals not only in the north west but the entire country”.

The Army Chief noted that to sustain the tempo of the successes recorded by the troops, the ongoing operation Sahel Sanity aimed at curbing banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling and other nefarious activities in the north west and north central will be extended to December.

He said the operation is achieving desired results hence the need to extend the operation which was earlier scheduled to end this month.

Buratai said the Nigerian Army will not allow the successes attained to slip again.

His words, “For us to maintain the relative state of security, we must continue to show presence, that is why we have extended up to this period and we will be operational up to the end of year”.

It would be recalled that Ssnce the commencement of Exercise Sahel Sanity on 6th July, 103 bandits have been killed, 147 bandits, 39 informants/collaborators, five gun runners arrested.

137 kidnapped victims rescued, 3,948 cows and 1,627 sheep recovered while 13 buyers of stolen cattle have been arrested.

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